Press review. S. Prokofiev “The Gambler”. Vienna State Opera

“In this Vienna perfomance Simone Young and Staatsopernorchester gave a taut, brisk, fiery rendering of the score (1929 version). The singers were thoroughly convincing  – thanks above all to the bronzed tenor of Misha Didyk in the lucky – at – cards, unlucky – in – love title role, and Elena Guseva, who used her bright soprano to good effect as a reckless Polina. Dmitry Ulyanov was a convincingly pompous General and Linda Watson a hilariously monstrous dowager aunt.”

 

( “Opera” magazine, opera.co.uk, December 2017)


In my opinion, the role of the General interpreted by Dmitry Ulyanov stood out in the opera. Impeccable singing (distinct articulation techniques, in-depth psychological insight, intellectual phrasing) alongside with the dramatic acting in the best Russian theatrical tradition are used to rich effect… the scene of General’s death in the loop of Blanche’s boa was acted brilliantly…”

 

— Alexander Kurmachov (belcanto.ru)

 

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“Dmitry Ulyanov, who made his debut on the stage of the Vienna Opera as a General, showed how to perform this role: vocal strong, seasoned with self-interested enthusiasm and expression. His big stage after the intermission was a real highlight of the evening”

 

– Dominik Troger(operinwien.at)

 

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“Among the main protagonists, Dmitry Ulyanov’s General dominated, with his sonorous, indomitable bass and physical plasticity creating a memorable operatic figure…”

 

 Moore Parker (theoperacritic.com) 

 

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“Dmitry Ulyanov sings the part of the General (in lieu of Dan Paul Dumitrescu), introducing himself to the Wiener Staatsoper audience with this role. The Russian bass celebrated a great success as Boris in Lady Macbeth von Mzensk at the Salzburg Festival 2017. “

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“Polina’s stepfather, the General, does not stand the pressure of the forced circumstances: Dmitry Ulyanov, the second great debutant of the evening, delights our eyes and ears, showing the process of degradation of his hero’s personality  with the unique comic charisma, and also the impressively versatile, emotional bass.”

 

– Wilhelm Sinkovicz (diepresse.com)

 

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